Pastor's Desk: Feast of Corpus Christi
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, and the first day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, being hosted by the Dublin diocese. Over the coming days there will workshops and presentations taking place in the RDS, all reflecting on what the gift of the Eucharist means for our everyday lives in many different areas such as prayer; justice and peace; economics and society and for our Church. While not everyone will be able to attend the events in the RDS, there will opportunities here in our own parish church for all to spend some time reflecting on the gift that Jesus gave us. Do please take the time and effort to come along and join in some of the celebrations. We have the following:
- Corpus Christi Procession around the grounds of the church after today’s 12.30pm Mass
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day, Monday to Friday from 10.30am till 12.00 noon
- A beautifully prepared HOLY HOUR on Monday evening from 7.00pm-8.00pm
- Mass of Healing with the Anointing of the Sick on Tuesday at 10.00am
The Second Vatican Council said of the Eucharist that it is the Source and Summit of our Faith. We can in the Eucharist, strengthen our faith in Jesus because we are celebrating the Sacrament that He left with His Church. In that sense, it is the source of our faith. But also there is no greater manifestation of our faith than the Blessed Sacrament because it is Christ truly present to us.
The theme of the Eucharistic Congress is “Communion with Christ and with one another”. In our time of prayer this coming week let each of us reflect on the theme and how we are living it out in our daily lives.